In what’s perhaps the biggest (alleged) plot twist in last week’s shooting, the Los Angeles Times’ Matt Peace and Richard Winton are reporting that six minutes before the massacre began, a wounded Mandalay Bay hotel security guard called hotel officials to warn them about the gunman on the 32nd floor.
MGM said they won't comment further but I asked them to comment further anyway, because I don't understand. https://t.co/lhlReaZFfg— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) October 11, 2017
Before the massacre, Jesus Campos radioed security to say there was a gunman. Did Mandalay Bay tell police? https://t.co/lhlReaZFfg
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) October 11, 2017
According to his report in the LA Times,
Police did not arrive at the room where the guard had been shot until after Stephen Paddock had finished a 10-minute shooting rampage on a crowd gathered below for a country music festival, the investigation now shows.
The revelation that hotel security had been alerted comes a day after Las Vegas police changed their timeline of how the Route 91 Harvest country music festival massacre started on Oct. 1 — not with an attack on a crowd along the Strip at 10:05 p.m., but with the shooting of Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos inside the hotel about six minutes before.
“He called it in before” the attack began, possibly using a hallway phone to contact hotel security, Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts told The Times in an interview. “He manually called down and he used his radio to call. … That’s what we were briefed this morning.” Roberts said he didn’t know precisely what time Campos called in his own shooting before the assault on the concert began, or whether the hotel immediately passed the information to police.
“We just don’t know how long it took him to call. He’s getting shot at, he’s running, he’s getting shot, he finds some cover, that’s when he starts calling in,” Roberts said. A spokeswoman for the company that owns Mandalay Bay seemed to dispute the police timeline given to The Times on Tuesday but did not explain why.
Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo announced in his press conference that mass murderer Stephen Paddock shot Campos at 9:59 PM on October 1st, six minutes before the massacre started.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 9, 2017
It was initially believed that Campos had been shot attempting to enter Paddock’s room on the 32nd floor after hearing shooting, but this new revelation disproves the previously accepted narrative.In the press conference above, Lombardo asserts that Campos came up to the 32nd floor because of a seemingly unrelated door alarm that had went off down the hall.
Enough of this changing timelines nonsense, release the footage. https://t.co/5j09nt790t
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) October 10, 2017
More bizarrely of all however, Campos doesn’t appear in MGM’s employee database. “Workday” is the official database used by MGM to keep track of employee profiles, and lists workers by the beginning letter of their first name. According to the source of independent journalist Laura Loomer, Campos no longer appears with other employees whose names begin with the letter “j,” though the log does show a “Jesus A,” employed as “Security Officer III.”